The following are this week’s power rankings. In parenthesis you will find last week’s rankings. Enjoy!
The Power Ten:
When you win a game 30-6 and people consider it a down game for your team I think you’re pretty good.
The Patriots have rolled through their first four weeks. Tom Brady still has yet to throw an interception; he’s completing 72.5 percent of his passes, he’s thrown 11 touchdowns, Brady is playing some of the best football of his career.
The biggest weakness we thought this Patriot team would have would be their secondary, and despite this they’re secondary has been above average. The Patriots have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NFL; they will finish the season 16-0; I guarantee it.
Aaron Rodgers two and a half year streak of not throwing an interception at home came to end Sunday against the Rams, after Rodgers threw two interceptions and fumbled the football. It was the first time in Rodgers career that he turned the ball over more than two times at home and despite this the Packers still won 24-10.
The Packers’ defense is arguably one of the best defenses in the entire NFL. On Sunday, the defense forced Nick Foles to throw four interceptions. Through five games, the Packers are tied for second in the NFL in total interceptions with eight. They have a legitimate defensive player of the year candidate in Clay Matthews. this is the best defense that Packers have had since the start of the Aaron Rodgers era.
The Cardinals have scored the fifth most points through five games of any team in NFL history. They are averaging a league high five yard per carry and lead the NFL in throws 20 yards or more. Unlike last season, the Cardinals are dominating teams this season. They have outscored their opponents by 100 points, an average of 20 points per game.
On defense they lead the NFL in interceptions returned for touchdowns. They bring constant pressure to opposing quarterbacks, which will only get better with the recent news that the team has singed veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney.
I said it last week, I’ll say it again, I am all in on the Bengals as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They’re 5-0 and are coming off of a huge win against he two them defending NFC champion. Andy Dalton has thrown a career low two interceptions through five games, something he thinks is a big reason why the Bengals have had this much early season success.
Their defense is back to their 2013 form. They sacked Russell Wilson four times on Sunday and forced him to throw a late red-zone interception that set up the game tying field goal.
Despite, Jeremy Hill, a presumed top five running back in the NFL, struggling this year, the Bengals are still a top five rushing team in the NFL, largely in part to Giovani Bernard. With two quality-starting running backs on the roster, the Bengals are arguably the most complete team in the NFL.
Who would have thought that a Peyton Manning led team who ranks 26th in total offense would be 5-0? Nobody, that’s who.
For the first time in Manning’s career he has thrown more interceptions (7) than touchdowns through the first five games of a season, and despite this, the Broncos are still 5-0.
This is by far the best defense in the NFL. They have scored three second half defensive touchdowns this season, the most in the NFL. They bring constant pressure to opposing teams’ quarterbacks, paly lockdown man-to-man coverage, and are tremendous at stopping the run.
As long as Peyton Manning can manage the game, this Broncos’ team could very well represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Four of their first five games have come against the NFC East, something that makes me hesitant to put them into the top five, but still, the Falcons are a tremendous offensive team. They have one of the best quarterbacks in Matt Ryan, and when healthy, arguably the best receivers in the NFL in Julio Jones. Devonta Freeman leads the NFL in total touchdowns with eight, despite only starting three of the teams’ five games. He has been an absolute beast. Coming into week five, the Redskins had not allowed an opposing teams’ running back to rush for more than 60 yards; how many did Freeman rush for on Sunday? 153
With one of the easiest remaining schedules, the Falcons could very well end up with a first round bye in the NFC.
The Giants could very well be 5-0. In their two losses, they held double-digit leads at some point the fourth quarter. On Sunday, Eli Manning led the Giants to his 27th 4th quarter comeback win of his career. The offense has gotten better in each game. Despite battling a hamstring injury, Odell Beckham had a huge game finishing with over 120 yards and a touchdown.
This team’s success will directly correlate with the health of Odell Beckham. If his hamstring injury is what Beckham says it is, than the Giants will be fine.
The biggest reason for the success the Steelers success since week three? Easy; Le’Veon Bell. Since his return he is second in touchdowns and first in yards from scrimmage. Last night, he scored a game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game. Bell is the biggest reason why the Steelers are still a legitimate Super Bowl contender, despite Ben Roethlisberger being out for a few more weeks.
Seattle is in big trouble if they don’t solve their offensive line issues. Russell Wilson has been sacked 18 times through five games, the most among all quarterbacks. He also leads the NFL in fumbles. Thomas Rawls rushed for the team’s first rushing touchdown all season.
With the return of Andrew Luck imminent, an easy schedule, and an easy division, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that the Colts will be a legitimate playoff team come December. Luck hasn’t been himself this season, but I expect that to change moving forward, as Luck has traditionally played his best football during the months of October and November.
- New York Jets: 3-1 (11)
- Minnesota Vikings: 2-2 (12)
- Carolina Panthers: 4-0 (15)
- Buffalo Bills: 3-2 (13)
- Dallas Cowboys: 2-3 (14)
- Philadelphia Eagles: 2-3 (19)
- Tennessee Titans: 1-3 (18)
- Oakland Raiders: 2-3 (21)
- St. Louis Rams: 2-3 (22)
- Baltimore Ravens: 1-4 (16)
- San Diego Chargers: 2-3 (20)
- Chicago Bears: 2-3 (24)
- Cleveland Browns: 2-3 (26)
- Kansas City Chiefs: 1-4 (17)
- Houston Texans: 1-4 (28)
- Washington Redskins: 2-3 (30)
- New Orleans Saints: 1-4 (23)
- Miami Dolphins: 2-2 (29)
- Detroit Lions: 0-5 (25)
- San Francisco 49ers: 1-4 (32)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-3 (31)
- Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-4 (27)
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